Man who runs a dog rescue shelter in a northern Indian state with a torch has died after it burst into flames, officials said.
The man was reportedly one of around 70 dogs rescued by the sanctuary, which has its own fire brigade, in the state of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday evening, the state government said in a statement.
The blaze occurred at the shelter at Bhandarka, in Kolkata, around 8km from the state capital, New Delhi.
“Our team, including staff of the shelter, rushed to the site to extinguish the fire and the man was taken to a hospital,” said the statement.
“He was admitted to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday morning,” it added.
According to the shelter’s Facebook page, the dog rescue organisation “rescued more than 100 dogs and cats in Bhandagadaksha district from the past two years”.
It said its staff have “done a great job” to provide shelter and rescue for the dogs and it hoped to continue this work in the future.
“We are devastated and heartbroken to announce that the man who runs our shelter has passed away,” it said.